In the event that the Republican Party officially announces the candidacy of former President Donald Trump, to be a competitor to the current Democratic President, Joe Biden, who also just announced his candidacy, we will be facing a few interesting historical facts.
The age factor will be the most prominent reality in these elections, as Biden, born on the twentieth of November 1942, is 80 years old, meaning that he will be approximately 82 years old at the time of the presidential elections in November 2024.
Trump, born on June 14, 1946, will be approximately 78 years old by this time.
Trump was already the oldest American president when he won the presidential election in 2016. At the time, he was 70 years old.
Likewise, Biden was 77 years old at the time of his victory in the 2020 election, and 78 years old at the time of his inauguration in January 2021, making him the oldest American president ever.
Third in the list of the oldest American presidents is Ronald Reagan , who was nearly 69 years old when he was inaugurated in 1981.
The fourth oldest president in the nation’s history is William Henry Harrison, who was 68 when he took office in 1841.
The issue of Biden’s age has been an important electoral issue since his candidacy for the presidential race in 2020 and remained even after he assumed the presidency.
According to Republican strategist Scott Reed, he finds it shocking that at 80 years old, Biden believes he can hold office for a second term. He did not provide any further comments about Biden’s current term.
“Watch me,” Biden’s response to concerns about his age and re-election bid was, and the White House points to his legislative track record as proof of his fitness.
President returning to power
If Trump is formally nominated and wins next year’s elections, he will not be the first president to win a second non-consecutive term, as Grover Cleveland was the first to do so.
Cleveland won the position for the first time in 1884, to be the 22nd president of the United States, then he lost the election, in 1888, to the Republican candidate, Benjamin Harrison, despite obtaining a greater number of “popular votes”, then he returned to the presidency, in 1892, to be president The 24th for the United States, according to the White House .
And if Trump wins the presidency next year, he will be the 47th president of the United States, after he was the 45th president when he was elected in 2020.
The Cleveland experience was a successful attempt to return to the presidency, but there were failed attempts by previous presidents, such as Martin Van Buren in 1844 and 1848, Millard Fillmore in 1856, and Ulysses Grant in 1880, according to Time magazine.
Consecutive races for the same candidates
It will not be the first time that two presidential candidates have faced each other more than once in US history.
Just as Biden and Trump met in the 2020 race, and they may compete in the next race, Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland were also rivals in the 1888 race, as well as in 1892.
In 1888, the Republican Harrison defeated the Cleveland Democrat, before the latter returned and defeated his former rival in the 1892 race.
In the 1956 presidential election, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower defeated the Democratic candidate, Adlai Stevenson, after another race between the two candidates, in 1952, also ended in defeat for the Democratic candidate.
The presidential election of 1900 also witnessed the second confrontation between the Republican President, William McKinley, and the Democrat, William Jennings Bryan, after a previous confrontation in 1896, which was also won by McKinley.